Yes, my 75 year old grandfather (who had been in the movie industry for 36 years until his recent retirement, and once actually tried to join the Academy, with no luck obviously) sees all the movies I see and keeps his own running list of the best of the year. I figured this is of some interest since the average Academy voter is in and around his age and might have similar tastes. So here are his top 10 of the year:
1. The Wrestler
2. Gran Torino
3. Slumdog Millionaire
5. Zack and Miri Make a Porno
6. The Dark Knight
7. Iron Man
8. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
10. Swing Vote
(Honorable mention: Revolutionary Road, Stop Loss, Pineapple Express, In Bruges, and The House Bunny, for some reason...)
-Of the likely nominees in the major categories, he'd vote for Slumdog for bes pic, but would prefer The Wrestler or Gran Torino, is torn between Mickey Rourke and Sean Penn for actor, but leans towards Penn, Kate Winslet is his best actress pic for Revolutionary Road, sees no way Heath Ledger doesn't win, and actually would cast his vote for Marisa Tomei for supporting actress. Directing would go to Clint Eastwood for Changeling (a surprise pick that might be a sign of how other contempories feel), and for screenplay, he'd pick In Bruges for Original, and for the Adapted one would be The Dark Knight.
-Also of note, he didn't care much for WALL-E, which if he's in the majority with older voters, could lock it out of Best Pic.
-Overall, he's obviously a fan of Eastwood's flicks, which could mean that there could be a potential spoiler, but on the other hand, he enjoyed things like The Wrester and The Dark Knight over Doubt and Frost/Nixon, so perhaps he's more open than the average voter. We shall see, but I figured it would be interesting to pick his brain for a moment.
-What does everyone think of my grandfather's thoughts on the Oscars?